Raising A Genius Not Easy
Raising g Genius Not Easjt NEW YORK Ever have trouble coping with your teenager? How would you like it if he were a genlic? ' "It's not easy." says Mr. Regina Fischer of Brooklyn. , Her 15-year-old son, Bobby, is a genius at chess. He won the United States championship at 14 and became the youngest international Grand Master in history this summer. His one dream is to snatch the world chess crown from the present champion, Russia's Mikhail Botvinnik. jtOne- of Mrs, flseher'f defifltteiynet easy'j "-moments earn this summeF when Bobby ap-. peared to be stranded p Yugoslavia after his first international tournament. . TT He had" i" rouritf tftjnfctat.- but TJobodj made any reservations for him and be couldn't get a plane. I knew he'd spent most of his money at the World Fair in Belgium and I was afraid the Yugoslav Chess Federation wouldn't go on paying for him after the tournament had ended. "I went to the Yugoslav Embassy but It was the weekend and I couldn't find anybody. I tried to call Bobby, but they said he had left by traia. "I was really worried. I knew he was loaded down with books and I didn't see how . he could manage. He doesn't speak the languages, I. could Just see him sleeping in a train station somewhere and people stealing everything he had." But Bobby used his tournament prize money i to get to Munich where he found plane space home. Chess is not a popular game and there are no funds to send the American champion to tournaments. Bobby won two tickets to Yugoslavia on a television program. His 21- year-old sister, Joan, took the second. "Bobby doesn't like the idea of his mother going around with him to tournaments. Besides, I 'figured it would be better for me to be here in case anything was needed-money, primarily." - She laughed ruefully a slender dark-haired woman with a smiling mouth in a gamine face. The Fischers separated when Bobby was 2 and Mrs. Fischer raised ber, two children on her earnings as a nurse. "I don't discipline Bobby. H e's too big. Anwsy there's not much to say. He comes , stops ta eat. and he's back again until it's Time to gs ta bat - "Bobby 's one of the - ones -who - play - for blood as they say in chess. He's serius. He has to study all the time. Tbe countries publish pamphlets and books at a great rate new openings always being worked out. "He's not interested in girls yet they don't play chess. He doesn't smoke or drink. He does chew hi- nails down to the bone, but I'm afraid to make him stop. I don't know what he might take up. "Some of these chess players twitch all over. Honest. They start with an eye and twitch down to their feet and start again. I'd rather he chewed his nails." "The only thing I do is nag him to get some fresh air: This year he's joined' the and says he's going to get in better physical shape. "He used to be wonderful at sports in fact, he himself used to say be wanted to be a baseball player. ' ' "I don't know a thing about chess. In fact, I tried to make him stop for four years. But I've given up now."